Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 6 May 2018

EVENTS The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday, 10th May is ‘Crown Inn Glory’ with an option of dressing up in Red White and Blue. Starts at 10am at the Salem as usual.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome four members of the Jeavons family to complete the cataloguing of photographs and the history of the Gingham Girls.

REQUESTS Although we were able to help Diane in her research for information of her father, Geoff Whiles, there are two aspects where we have drawn a blank. Geoff was a Bevin boy down a local pit in the war and Diane asks if there are any local Bevin boys still around for her to talk with. And secondly what senior school did Geoff attend in the thirties? Diane assumes it must have been Great Wyrley Senior but we have no evidence to support that and he could have gone to Rugeley Grammar School. So does anyone remember Geoff Whiles at school?

RESPONSES After Derek Moore’s detailed response to the Judy’s Foster family last week, Judy will now be emailing him from Australia with some of her own memories around Cheslyn Hay when she was a child.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Four of the Poxon family (PE-POX-6,7,8,9) of 97 High Street with Harry & Rhoda (nee Cartwright), Harry Jnr, Lilian, Alan & Stan Poxon & Lilian Reed. £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Three unrelated reports from the 1900s from various newspapers with full details.

Cheslyn Hay Male Voice Choir winning the Leicester Mercury Rose Bowl in 1925.

The death of Charlie Towle’s opponent in 1932.

Plan to widen the M6 from Saredon to Lymm with costs etc.

NEWSPAPER REPORT Another report from Sue Challenger and it is dated 19th June 1920 and all are recognisable local names! Eleven youths from Cheslyn Hay named William Roe, Cyril Parsons, Joe Hodson, Clifford Smith, John Pratt, Andrew Allen, Harry Lockett, William Leach, Harold Thomas, Baden Newell, and William Savage were all found guilty.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser – 2nd May 1968 Details of the retirement and life of 80 years-old Mr Lawrence Hawkins at Hawkins (Henry) Ltd., Tiles, Longhouse Tileries.

2nd May 1968 Keep-fit classes organised for the ladies of Landywood Residents Association with Doreen Lyons and Katherine Sedgley.

Cannock Chase Courier – 4th May 1918 Full information on the Annual Hospital Parade in connection with the Victoria Brass Band.

4th May 1918 The Red Cross Society have successfully arranged a Football Competition with the help of Mr A E Elwell. All details given.

4th May 1918 Dorothy M Leeke daughter of Mary Anne Leeke, passed away May 3rd 1918, aged seven years and eight months.

MEMORIES More wonderful reminiscences from the 1930s by Olive Mary Whitehouse with stories about Harry Whitehouse, Hacketts the butchers, and Marion Lockett and how life was then.

GENERAL NEWS More sad news on the passing of two of our longest serving members, Mrs Carrie Summers (nee Norman) of New Penkridge Road aged 90 and Roy Smith from Station Road aged 87. Carrie worked for Arnold Hawkins in charge of the office at the Tileries throughout the fifties and Roy went to the Pinfold Lane School before going on to the Rugeley Grammar School, where he became a well respected engineer where his services were sought all over the world. Both will be fondly remembered by us all.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 29 April 2018

EVENTS  John Devey of the Bridgtown LHS is launching his new book on ‘The Great War’ this Wednesday, 2nd May at the Bethel in Union Street, Bridgtown starting at 10am after their short AGM.  The book is an excellent one, well researched and covers many aspects of Bridgtown around WWI and is one of a series of six that will encompass the full history of Bridgtown and priced at £6.  Orders to John on 01922 412008 or  john.devey@hotmail.co.uk        or via my email below.  A free buffet has been arranged after the launch.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday with all and sundry welcome!

RESPONSES  Our researcher Jean has turned up full details of all the Smith family including wills for Bill Thomason with the support of Vi all information is included in the newsletter.

Derek Moore visited our Base on Tuesday in response to Judy Desha’s appeal for information on her Foster/Elsmore family with memories of all the familiues including Elizabeth (nee Elsmore) and Jack FosterTed, Harry, Ern, Albert, Elizabeth (married Manny Moore), Ginny and Ethel and Judy’s mother, Laurie Foster.

An appreciative note from Marion McCulloch in South Wales with information on her dad, Ronald Wilson.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We have a range of crockery including Cheslyn Hay plates, Salem commemorative plates and some Primitive Methodist crockery believed to be made by the Shorter family, which of course is our link with the famous Clarice Cliffe.  Clarice married into the Shorter family and the full story of her connection to Cheslyn Hay is related by one of our members Christine Andrews and refers to the book ‘The Shorter Connection’ about the life of Clarice Cliffe.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser – 25th April 1968  Story on the Cheslyn Hay Parish Council agreeing to support two local football teams, Landywood Residents Association and Talbot S C.

25th April 1968   Details of the ‘deplorable’ condition of Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay, and the ‘inefficiency’ of the authorities to remedy the situation involving Mr H W Hitchinor, his mother, Mrs F Hitchinor and Mrs E Timmins.

Cannock Chase Courier – 27th April 1918  Cheslyn Hay postman, Edward Tew, sentenced to six months hard labour for his crime.  Full details given.

WWI COMMEMORATION researched by Bob Brevitt  This May we commemorate the death of 631996 Jack Shorter, who was killed on 21st March 1918 aged 21, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay.  Full information including a newspaper report of his life.

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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 22 April 2018

EVENTS  Our Annual General Meeting this Thursday, 26th April at the Salem starting at 7pm followed by a talk by Peter Cadmanat 7.30pm entitled ‘ The Terracotta Army and Liverpool ‘.    Free admission with refreshments.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

REQUESTS   Bill Thomason emails asking for any information at all on Albert Samuel Smith (b1905), his father Samuel Smith(b1879 in Great Wyrley), his mother Adelaide nee Wollaston (b1880) and Albert’s siblings Lawrence, Albert Samuel, Ethel Muriel, Sarah, Alethea M and Edith Smith.  All born in Cheslyn Hay except for Samuel.  Bill’s family married into the Cartwrights with Ellen Cartwright (b1854) marrying John Wollaston (b1848) and he asks if any of them in our local cemeteries.

RESPONSES  Vi has researched the Kirkham family tree after last week’s request from Neil Anstee from New Zealand and has discovered that his aunt, Hazel Kirkham, married Alan Goodman from Holly Bush with other details of the family.

More boyhood memories of Tony Read from David Hudson.

The mention of Vic Parry of Croxdene prompted our Vi to recall a link with Cheslyn Hay, giving information of Parrys Buildings at Holly Bush.

Finally, on the discussion of our local dialect, Alan Brown suggests Ed Conduit’s 2007 book on ‘The Black Country Dialect’ adding his own personal view of ‘Surely many of us with Wyrley Bonker grandparents can remember their distinctive voice patterns. I still think of a larger-than-average lump of coal as a “rairker”!’

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two photographs of Henry (Harry) & Rhoda (nee Whitehouse) Cartwright and one of James Kingston of the Nook with his daughters Grace, Dorothy, Miriam & Alison.  £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  From the 1950s reports include Elizabeth BownPercy Whitehouse,Frederick James Thurstance and Verona Jean Kendall.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser – 18th April 1968  The funeral service of Mr Ernest John Denny with details.

18th April 1968  More information has been received on the sewing machine made over 100 years ago in Winchendon, Massachusetts, and unearthed by Mrs Kathleen Walmsley

18th April 1968  An all Cheslyn Hay final in the Cannock Chase Individual snooker competition between J Dawkes and P Cole.

18th April 1968  Holy Week services of Cheslyn Hay Wesley Guild, Cheslyn Hay with Janet RobinsonGilbert RogersRonald Wilson, and Mr B Hackett.

Cannock Chase Courier – 20th April 1918  The Talbot Bowling Club at the opening of the green for the coming season naming club officials etc

20th April 1918  A dance in connection with the Women’s Working Committee with details.

20th April 1918  Football match with the home players wearing a black band on their left arm in memory of their old and esteemed playing colleague Gunner Jack Shorter.

20th April 1918  On Sunday evening  the Rev G H Thomas, was born in the township, and lived the greater part of his life in Cheslyn Hay, presented the service.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  Pat Everiss relates the story of the Cheslyn Hay Community Centre from March 1952.

GRAHAM SLEIGH  Another one of our long standing members, Graham Sleigh, passed away on Sunday, 16th April in the Manor Hospital, Walsall, aged 85, after a two month spell suffering from a brain tumour.  Graham was a popular and talented musician throughout the area.

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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 15 April 2018

EVENTS  Our 12 month programme has now been finalised and will be distributed to all of our members shortly but we have a special event next month with the appearance of actress and performing historian, Lesley Smith.  Lesley is the curator of Tutbury Castle but is perhaps better known as the resident historian on the television programme ‘Most Haunted Live!’ as well as presenting and featuring in many other television shows.  It is a ticket only occasion and members and their families can prebook their places before April 30th by contacting either Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295 or Roger on  01785 212412.  Date is Thursday 31 May starting at 7.30pm at the Salem Schoolroom and tickets are £5.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone is welcome to view our archives and photographs with our researchers available to help with any enquiries.

REQUESTS  From Neil Anstee of New Zealand who emails ‘I write to you for some assistance please. With my parents having recently joined a Cannock Reminiscence Group, I thought it would be interesting to find out more about our family tree of theAnstees and the Kirkhams.  This spur has once again given me an opportunity to regain my lost  impetus to enquire whether any progress has been made regarding my family search since I emailed you last year.  My family and I are returning to the UK in mid-May and would be pleased to discuss any options available to us at that time.’

RESPONSES   Last week in Jeanette’s appeal for information on her relative Julia Jones, we now have details of where she was in service.

We have been able to help Judy Desha from Australia with a series of photographs of relatives going back 100 years and we are planning to exchange photographs over the coming weeks as Judy has several of them, mostly containing unidentified Cheslyn Hay residents.  She is also planning a holiday over here for next year.

Following a visit to our Base last month to further her interests in her Sambrook family tree, Stephanie Hazelwood, has now been connected with a member who is researching the same line of Sambrooks.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   We have been donated the family history of Enoch Holland who lived at 166 Station Street, and was a direct descendant of King Henry VII including newspaper cuttings with a photograph of the family chest in black oak dating back to 1469.

Also an undated newspaper report covering the histories of the local pits and pubs as well as mentions of local characters Albert Tomkinson, Tom Bentley, Albert Deakin, William H Barsby, Sam Watson, Mrs Frank Wallace and some Jellyman stories.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  From the year of 1857 we have newspaper reports involving Edward Turer, William JonesEusebius Bullivant, Israel Deakin, Richard Jones JnrJohn Baker, William SayerWilliam JonesJoseph Tonks and Joseph Whitehouse.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Chase Courier – 13th April 1918   News has been received by Mr and Mrs William Shorter, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, that their son Gunner Jack Shorter, has been killed in France, with full details.

13th April 1918   In loving memory of Thomas Marshall of 164 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  From an article written by Pat Everiss in October 2005.

Random selection of payments from the overseers’ accounts for the poor between 1766 and 1800, with full information on Edward AshRobert Derry, Francis WarrilowElizabeth WilcoxSolomon Horton, William Titley and Samuel Cooper.  

APPEAL  An interesting email received this week from Roger Betts on how our local accents may have changed over the years.  

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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 1st April 2018

EVENTS  No events arranged for this week.

OUR SALEM BASE is open to all comers from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Jean Morley emails ‘I have got a bit confused with my Whitehouse’s side of the family and wonder if you could clarify things for me please.  David Whitehouse kindly sent me his information on Henry Whitehouse, my grandfather, but I’m afraid I’ve gone adrift with regard to his father, Jeremiah (1836-1875), and grandfather John etc, so I would be grateful for any help so that I can update my family tree.

Gill Crabtree from Nottingham visited our Base last week and produced a photograph of Joseph Harold Butler (1889-1953), who married Cecilia Dickens, and was father of Frances C Butler, and says ‘Joseph Butler is a younger brother of my Grandma, Mary Ann Butler and it would be lovely to be able to contact any descendants.’

Just received this enquiry from Horace Taylor (b1939) who wishes to locate the burial plots of his grandparents as well as his Auntie Kate Taylor, who never married and died very young with TB.  A quick glance at our Cheslyn Hay cemetery records shows that his grandparents Harry and Annie Taylor were both buried there on 10 March 1944 and 13 June 1955 respectively when they were living at 6 Queen Street in Cheslyn Hay but Horace would welcome any more information on his Taylor family and in particular on Kate.

Jeanette Jones emails from America and asks for help in ‘locating my husband’s Cheslyn Hay family ties?  His g-grandparents were John William Jones, registered as from Cannock, and Emma K Butler Jones, who listed herself and her two teenage boys, John W Jones Jr and George Jones, as being from Cheslyn Hay.  They emigrated to America in 1910 on board the Freislander from Liverpool to Philadelphia and they sailed separately six months apart.  Also, g-grandfather Jones’ obituary listed a daughter, Mrs Julia Jones Arrowsmith who never left Staffordshire and I’d appreciate any information on her at all as finding out about her life and family is of paramount interest to me.’

RESPONSES  David Whitehouse has immediately responded to Donald Parbrook’s enquiry emailing with details of Lydia Dace‘s marriage to John Whitehouse extending that family down to the present day via Edward, William, Jeremiah and John.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   An excellent researched story of William Usher Parnaby by Paul Ford.  This WWI soldier who committed suicide in the Razza has been a source of mystery to ourselves for a number of years as to why, after living such a sad and tragic life, he was given such a ‘wonderful send off with full military honours’ when 1,000 Cheslyn Hay people lined the streets to witness his funeral.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  An incredible story from the Daily Mirror (8 April 1953) relating to 12 year old Frank Conlon, the ‘last of the racing Conlons’ and living in the hutments at Holly Close, Landywood.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Chase Courier – 30th March 1918  On Saturday afternoon the semi final of the Red Cross Society Competition took place on the Barn Flat Grounds with Mr John Benton, of Wedges Mills, in charge of the game.  The other semi-final between Cheslyn Hay Institute and Brownhills Villa will take place this Saturday afternoon with Mr Reaney, of Bridgtown, to officiate.

30th March 1918  Advertisement   Details of Vegetables and Seeds and prices at J Kingston’s.  58 High Street, Cheslyn Hay.

MEMORIES  Once again we are privileged to receive more wonderful excerpts from the diary of ‘Auntie Kath’ as related by Diana covering the spring of 1961. Kath Wootton was married to headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes.  Snippets include news of Raymond Hawkins, Jack PlantDr Malone, Archie Pearce, Gladys Baker, George PlantMr Kerry and events at the Salem including  Millie’s sewing meetings.

WWI COMMEMORATION researched by Bob Brevitt  This April we commemorate the death of G/13948 Edwin Morris with full details.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  A look into our archives after last week’s mention of Katie Boyle opening the Quinton Shopping Centre in 1967 revealed posters advertising the event with all ‘special offers’ from all of the shops.

Also a mention of the passing in January of the great England and Albion footballer Cyrille Regis, who was also a celebrity at our 1978 Carnival when he crowned 15 year old Diane Perks as the Carnival Queen and we have two photographs of him in our archives RE-CAR-217 & 336.  Typical of the man he was, he conducted himself on the day in an exemplary manner, with good humour and was generous with his time, leaving an indelible impression on everybody on how a professional sportsman should always behave.

GENERAL NEWS  Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to  receive this newsletter with full details under all the headings every Sunday morning please contact me through my email address below.  Many thanks.

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Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 25th March 2018

EVENTS This month’s speaker is the recommended Cas Bailey, with her talk ‘If you can’t stand the heat – get out of the kitchen!’, all based on real life funny events during her time as a policewoman ‘on the beat’. This Thursday, 29th March, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admittance £1 including refreshments.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we look forward to a visit from Diane (nee Whiles) from Derbyshire who is tracing her family roots around our area, visiting the family graves and also where her Whiles family lived at 9 Bungalow, the Hutments on the Walsall Road, and later at Barncroft. Anyone who has any knowledge of Geoffrey Whiles, Enoch Whiles or Annie Cleobury will be most welcome and Diane would like to speak to anyone who has any knowledge of the Isolation Hospital. Also, following the recent interest in the Sambrook(e) family, Geoffrey Sambrook is updating his findings on his Sambrook family this Tuesday. Geoff has connections with Ollie, Alfred, Percy, Ernest and Bertha Sambrook as well as his Hitchens line on his mother’s side that includes Vera, Nellie and Roy Hitchens. Once again anyone with information of these families are invited. Hopefully we may find a link with the recent Garth’s enquiry on his Samuel Sambrook’s relations as we have now discovered that Samuel’s brother, Oliver George, was living in Station Street in the 1911 census.

REQUESTS Donald Parbrook is researching the story of his grandfather, Reverend George Parbrook. George was born illegitimate as George Brevitt in September 1884 to his mother Miss Harriet Brevitt (later Parbrook) of Rail Road, Cheslyn Hay. He later changed his name to Parbrook, his step-fathers name by which he had become known. Having carried out a Y-DNA test on familytreedna.com Donald believes George’s father was almost certainly a Whitehouse. He has then tried to use ancestry.co.uk (and their DNA test) to isolate the most likely Whitehouse family group focusing on those living close to Harriet in 1881 census records. Through this work in cross verifying DNA matching relatives together and to the 1881 census he is most interested in John Whitehouse (1813) and his wife Lydia Dace (1823), who lived in White Lion Yard in 1881, and their descendants. If any members have more information on that family he’d be happy to be in contact.

RESPONSES A comment from Rosemary Read, after we mentioned her grandson’s visit to the grave of Tony’s father, Fred Read, last week revealing how tough life must have been during those war years.
Gary Crutchley requested in our newsletter of 3rd December 2016 ‘I am a direct descendent of William Crutchley (b abt 1780) who was married to Sarah Poyner (b abt 1779) and who was involved in the early days of Salem Church’ and Judith responds this week stating that she also is a direct descendent of them as well and ‘would love to compare notes’. Email addresses have now been exchanged as will, no doubt, more family history.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A 1972 Map of Cheslyn Hay with details of the conversion over to natural gas in March & April donated by Don Kingston.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser – 21st March 1968 Story of Lynne Yates campaigning for a better football pitch for her team, the Talbot FC.

21st March 1968 The theme of the Salem Wesley Guild, Cheslyn Hay, was “Has religion a place in schools?” with full details.

21st March 1968 An appeal to retain the vehicle repair facilities at the Post Office Garage, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, for vehicle servicing and repair work. Mr B W Cook, Mr K L Horton and Mr R J Dickin of Talbot Motors, involved in the matter.

Cannock Chase Courier – 23rd March 1918 The Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society, Mr R Brough, acting secretary, reported that he had received a very interesting letter from Mrs Agnes S Chatterton, of High Street complimenting them on their war effort on behalf of her family and her parents Mr and Mrs M Hampton.
23rd March 1918 Discussions regarding repairing the Tramway Road and Major Hatton agreed to do so.

MEMORIES Although last week’s recollections were taken out of Olive Mary Whitehouse’s typewritten book they were not her own recollections as I stated, but they were taken from one of the chapters recorded by her family. Entitled ‘Ron’s Memories’ it was written by her younger brother, Ron Whitehouse, during the war years after Olive had left home to serve in the WAAFs.

GENERAL NEWS The passing of Lady Katie Boyle last Tuesday at the age of 91 will be remembered most fondly by many of our local residents as she was the TV celebrity who opened the Shopping Centre on the Quinton fifty years ago on 6th July 1967.

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 18 March 2018

EVENTS  No events scheduled for this week.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Janet Smith (nee Leach) was a member of the Gingham Girls with Letitia Bowater and would love to hear from anyone who can remember her to recall all those wonderful times.

RESPONSES  In response to Garth Sambrook’s enquiry, we have found several Sambrooks who were employed at Gilpin’s in the late 1800s, but not Garth’s grandfather, Samuel Sydney Sambrooke (1838-1925).  But Alfred and Joseph were employed at the factory and we believe that they were Samuel’s brothers.  We also have in our files a detailed account of Olive Mary Whitehouse who ‘lived in’ at Samuel’s old address of ‘The Firs’ as a domestic servant in 1938/39 and she gives a full description of the layout of the entire house.  Garth informs us of the oral history of his family that has been passed down to him before all of his sons left England for Canada around 1905 and when his wife, Emma, passed away in 1913, he left the edgetool industry to go into the licensing trade, buying public houses around South Staffordshire.  Our researcher Sue confirms that he never owned The Firs though, as the property was sold in November 1909 showing Samuel Sambrook as the tenant, but still paying £35 per annum, which was a substantial sum of money.  We have now connected Garth with one of our members who is related to the family through her g-grandmother Sarah Ann Sambrook.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  More reports from Dr Alan Jones’ research to add to our Edalji file including newspaper reports on the heated dispute between Shapurji and James Morgan of Upper Landywood, a letter from Mrs Charlotte Edalji disputing the £400 cost to cover the necessary repairs to the vicarage on Shapurji’s death plus a court case in 1900 when two men assaulted George Edalji.  Also the last will and testament of Royden Cedric Sharp.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington   Fred & Elizabeth Deakin of Walkmill Lane, Cheslyn Hay found guilty in a 1966 Daily Mirror report.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Cannock Chase Courier – 16th March 1918  Miss Camilla S Gripton organised a Fancy Dress Ball in aid of the Red Cross Fund together with Mr G Whitehouse, of Station Street.

16th March 1918  Election of officers at the Working Men’s Club with number of votes cast for Mr F J AltreeWilliam HallJ Wesley, T Gaskin, W Hemingsley, E Thompson, J Foster 64, J Hawkins and A Hawkins.

16th March 1918  Private A Denny, a local soldier, who has been wounded in a German air raid in France with details.

MEMORIES  The mention of Olive Mary Whitehouse in this week’s ‘RESPONSES’ reminds me that we haven’t including any of her ‘Childhood Memories’ for over two years now, so it is now fitting that we recall what life was like for a hard working local mining family between the wars. Truly hard times.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We have just now collated all 19 photographs donated by Ivor Plant of Ross-on-Wye and added them to our Collection Archives (IP-COL-01 to 19) and they include several of the Plant family namely George Henry & Agnes Maud, Jim, Alice, Joan, Gwen, Marion, Bill, Sybil, Clive, Sarah, Charlie, Ray and Linda Plant, Mrs Hughes, Basil “Bovril” Dace, Anita Bradbury, Pearl Bailey and Barnes’ little boy.  Also two photographs with workmates at Gilpins and a presentation group of 21 unknown men, plus an outing from the Robin Hood with 25 unnamed people as well as various snaps of the Plants in their garden at 63 Littlewood Lane, haymaking time, at work on the Hawkins Colliery Engine and George & Agnes’s Golden Wedding Anniversary.

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